A WOMAN who bit a neighbour’s ear has been spared jail.
Shannon McIntosh caused only minor injuries to Gary Charlton during a scuffle in the street, Durham Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Tony Hawkes told the court McIntosh, and her partner Aiden Lauder, were involved in a dispute with Mr Charlton and his partner Victoria Armstrong.
McIntosh first bit Mr Charlton’s ear before Ms Armstrong was punched.
McIntosh, 20, then of Hale Rise, Peterlee, now of Wetherburn Avenue, Murton, admitted affray on May 24.
Jane Waugh, mitigating, said: “The probation service say they are pleased with the progress she has made since this offence.”
She was given a 12-month supervision order and a restraining order for two years, banning her from contacting the two victims in the case.
Lauder, 20, of Hale Rise, Peterlee, did not turn up at court for the hearing. Recorder Nolan issued a bench warrant for Lauder’s arrest.